Pre-Conference 05: Engaged Scholarship as a Path to Freedom: Co-Drafting Communication's Commitments

Sponsor: Preconferences
Wed, 11/15: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST
Gaylord National 
Room: Potomac 5 - Convention Center, Ballroom Level 
Since 2002, a collective of communication scholars and practitioners have gathered in Aspen, CO and cities nearby, to share their experiences and challenges collaborating with communities and organizations to address practical concerns. After 20 years of what became the Aspen Conference on Engaged Communication Scholarship, the time is ripe to re-imagine what it means to be in relationship with our communities and with one another as engaged scholars. The pressing multitude of challenges facing our communities such as racial injustice, economic downturns, health crises, environmental threats, food systems disruptions, and political polarization underscores the need to codify the commitments of learners who try to address them.

Taking the Combahee River Collective Statement as a model, the community of organizers behind the Aspen conference is holding a day-long pre-conference to co-craft a statement envisioning what engaged communication research should be. We invite all interested in engaged communication scholarship to join us to spend the day for a participatory workshop. To spark our discussion, we invite all participants to submit a 500-word position paper that articulates their visions for and commitments to engaged communication scholarship. The workshop will center insights from community partners as well as offer opportunities to reflect and co-create alongside practitioners, scholars, and pracademics who represent diverse ranks, approaches, and areas of engaged work. Through this pre-conference, participants will have the opportunity to network with others committed to engaged work, contribute to a collective statement, and shape the future of engaged scholarship in the field.


Anna Wiederhold Wolfe, Texas A&M University  - Contact Me


Joshua B. Barbour, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  - Contact Me
Marianne LeGreco, University of North Carolina, Greensboro  - Contact Me
Jasmine Linabary, University of Arizona  - Contact Me
Patricia Parker, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  - Contact Me


Dawna I. Ballard, University of Texas, Austin  - Contact Me
J. Kevin Barge, Texas A&M University  - Contact Me
Sarah E. Dempsey, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  - Contact Me
Debbie S. Dougherty, University of Missouri  - Contact Me
Kirsten Foot, University of Washington, Seattle  - Contact Me
Jessica L. Ford, Baylor University  - Contact Me
Shiv Ganesh, University of Texas, Austin  - Contact Me
Lynn M. Harter, Ohio University  - Contact Me
Timothy Paul Huffman, Saint Louis University  - Contact Me
Srividya Ramasubramanian, Syracuse University  - Contact Me
Shaunak Sastry, University of Cincinnati  - Contact Me
Matthew W. Seeger, Wayne State University  - Contact Me
Deanna Sellnow, University of Central Florida  - Contact Me
Timothy L. Sellnow, University of Central Florida  - Contact Me
Amy K. Way, Villanova University  - Contact Me
Elizabeth A. Williams, Colorado State University  - Contact Me
Heather Zoller, University of Cincinnati  - Contact Me
Arden C. Roeder, Baylor University  - Contact Me